© 2012 Arts for Unity

Ramses Rashidi – the founder of Arts for Unity - is a filmmaker & composer who is dedicated to being the source of inspiration and hope through his creative works. He started performing when he was five and directed a drama on social issues at the age of twelve. Ramses studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in the 70’s and continued studying acting & film at UCLA. Ramses lived in China from 1990-2005 where he was involved in educating children through music and the arts.  He has created numerous documentaries on peace, empowerment of women and social issues. He is currently working on a series of documentaries called “Someone Special” to inspire and empower the youth.

Bridgette Schnider is an artist and the founder of illuminated inspirations. She studied industrial arts and design and has worked on a variety of design concepts including text illumination, murals and decoration. Bridgette lived in China where she was involved in education as well as creating new material, writing lyrics, creating skits, making props, teaching dance and helping with the production of a live Children’s show. She is an active members of the industrial arts scene in Chicago where she currently lives with her husband.  

Millie Zandi is a filmmaker and artist in Orange County.  Currently she is employed at Obsidian Entertainment as a Quality Assurance Tester, working closely with video games.  She moved from Texas to California to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production, with an emphasis in directing, at Chapman University.  While in school she made several short films, the most latest a twenty minute short about her Grandmother, who was imprisoned in Iran for her Faith in the early eighties.  During her college career, she worked closely with Film and Digital Cameras, and learned techniques of editing, and most importantly, actors.  She has a passion for music, film, reading, and writing, and seeks to learn from and inspire others through any artistic medium.

Sarelyn Radecke graduated from Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in 2013 with a B.A. in Screenwriting and a B.A. in Public Relations & Advertising.  Throughout her education, she produced several short films and feature screenplays.  Her short film "You Won't; We Will" placed as an Official Finalist in the 2010 Southern California Business Film Festival.  Her screenplay "Not For Sale" placed as a Runner-up in the 2013 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition and as an Official Finalist in the 2013 Hollywood Screenplay Competition.  Currently, Sarelyn works for the television show Modern Family and writes in her free time. 

Quoc Quan Le was born and raised in Wisconsin. His friends and family helped him realize his love for filmmaking. He says “I want to tell stories that deal with love, hardship, and sacrifice”. Quoc Quan studied film production at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and graduated in 2012. The experimental approach to filmmaking at the university helped him change his approach to storytelling and solidified his idea that film is a powerful art-form.  Being a Vietnamese American, he recently became interested in shifting his stories towards the Vietnamese culture. He says “The beauty of film is that you learn something about yourself when you're the creator or the viewer”.